California Young Reader Medal



February 1, 2014
The California Young Reader Medal is pleased to announce the NOMINEES for the 2014-2015 California Young Reader Medals:
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City Dog, Country Frog. Mo Willems and John J. Muth, illus. (NY: Hyperion Books for Children, 2010)
Exclamation Mark!Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, illus. (NY: Scholastic Press, 2013)
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t). Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley, illus. (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. Chris Van Dusen (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012)
Too Tall Houses. Giana Marino. (NY: Viking Press, 2012)

Tuesdays at the Castle. Jessica Day George. (NY: Random House, 2010)
Wild Wings. Gill Lewis and Yuta Onada, illus. (NY: Antheneum, 2011)
Wonder. R.J. Palacio. (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012)

Bluefish. Pat Schmatz. (Sommerville, MA: Candlewick, 2011)
Chained. Lynne Kelly(NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2012)
The False Prince. Jennifer A. Nielsen. (NY: Scholastic, 2012)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor. (NY: Little, Brown, 2011)
The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. (NY: Delacorte Press, 2010)
Legend. Marie Lu. (NY: Penguin, 2011)

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Team. Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno, illus. (Boston, MA: Clarion, 2012)
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Thedodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks. Barb Rosenstock and Mordicai Gerstein, illus. (NY: Dial Books for Young People, 2012)
These Hands. Margaret H. Mason and Floyd Cooper, illus. (Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2010)


August 1, 2013
The Resource Guide for 2013-2014 Nominees is available

February 1, 2013
The California Young Reader Medal is pleased to announce the NOMINEES for the 2013-2014 California Young Reader Medals:
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Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2010)
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, Illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books, 2011)
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books, 2011)
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2010)
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Aladdin, 2011)
A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole (Katherine Tegen Books, 2010)

Middle School/Junior High
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Ammistad, 2010)
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, 2011)
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Young Adult
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)

Picture Books for Older Readers
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Nalyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishers, 2009)
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain. Illustrated by Larry Day (Dutton, 2011)
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011)

Past Resource Guides (2006-2011) are now available







What is CYRM?
The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.

To be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four years by a living author. Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader medal to the winning authors and illustrators.

Books are nominated for the medal in five categories:

Primary (Grades K-3)
Intermediate (Grades 3-6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 6-9)
Young Adult (Grades 9-12)
Picture Books for Older Readers (4th Grade and up)

Students may read and vote for books in any and all categories, but they must read all the books nominated in a category to be eligible to vote. Students read the nominated books from July through March and vote for their favorite. Teachers and librarians introduce the nominees to students, often in exciting and innovative ways. They provide ballots for the students, compile vote totals, and submit results to the CYRM committee. All CYRM ballots submitted must be postmarked by April 1 of each year.

Once the ballots are counted by members of the CYRM committee, the winners are notified and results are posted on the CYRM website on May 1. The authors and illustrators of the winning books receive their California Young Reader Medal awards at special ceremonies held annually at the state conferences of each sponsoring organization. Local students are selected to present the CYRM bronze medals to the winners.

Sponsorship and Committee Members
The CYRM program is sponsored by four statewide organizations committed to books and reading.
A committee of representatives from each organization coordinates CYRM activities at the state level. The committee develops a promotional packet about the program and provides all the materials needed for participation. These materials include the ballots, nomination forms, and nominee lists.

California Association of Teachers of English (CATE)
     Vivian Boyd, Recording Secretary/Treasurer

California Library Association (CLA)
     Kelly Hulbert, "ex-officio"
     Carolyn Reed, Publicity
     Julie Todd
California Reading Association (CRA)
     Cathy Blackler
     Nichola Bronk, Corresponding Secretary
     Stephanie Jeppson
     Sandra Yoon
California School Library Association (CSLA)
     Donnine Davis
     Randy DeJong, Committee Co-Chair
     Sally James, Committee Co-Chair


Award Ceremonies 2013-2014


February 14-16, 2014
San Diego, CA.


November 3-5, 2013
Young Adult
Long Beach, CA.


November 1-2, 2013
Sonoma, CA.

February 6-9, 2014
San Diego, CA.




Updated 2/1/2014